chapter  3
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Why organization theory needs historical analyses – and how this should be performed

WithAlfred Kieser

One of the forefathers of sociology and organization theory, Max Weber, was as much a historian as a sociologist. He was convinced that in order to understand contemporary institutions one has to know how they had developed in history. For him, history and sociology were inseparable disciplines. When he took over his last chair in Munich, he dryly commented: “I now happen to be a sociologist according to my appointment papers” (Burke 1992 , p. 11).